Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 10: Conclusion, pp. 187-191 PDF (1.9 MB)
190 the time. This, however, did not work. As Governor John Blaine explained on several occ7,,sions, there just were not that many credulous people in Wisconsin. The Governor, himself anti-Klan, was elected to the United States Senate in 1926. True, Robert Graham, an alleged Klan candidate was elected Assemblyman from St. Croix County in 1926. But Graham was never heard from again once his term was over. From the Ellsworth area of Pierce County, the 7,- 3 Governor was given reports of great Klan strength. Still, according to one Ellsworth resident, Father Shanaghy, all the Klan candidates had been defeated. It would appear as one Pierce County resident stated that many former Kluxers and sympathizers had returned to the use of common sense.3 Finally, the Klan was the victim of its ovtn hatred. By its actions, it had discredited itself. Charles Lowater, for example, was right for the wrong reasons in stating that the mouthings of bigotry were the seeds of the organization's destruction. lowater was wrong only in that he attempted to separate the so-called Klan principles of one hundred percent Americanism from the Klan's speakers. 3Personal letter of Ralph 3. White to Johii A. Turcheneske, Jr., December 17, 1970. White explained that Klan " ,i.novel t- wore off rapidly here (Maiden Roc ,, ierce County area) as we were not unfriendly to our catholic acquaintances." As to the length of Klan activity "....the really up and at them part could not have lasted more than a season when common sense again prevailed and money failed to enrich the coffers." In regard to the money angle, Clair Travis testified at the Baker hearing that "It takes quite a little money to keep up with the organization and dues. It was for that reason I dropped out." (See Baker Investigationt Commission Hearing, p. 149) Also see end of Chapter Three.
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